A Queensland mother shares the heartbreaking moment her precious five-year-old daughter broke down in tears when an aggressive form of cancer forced her to chop off all her hair.

Natasha McGregor, first noticed daughter Havana was in pain in November 2016 when she started tossing and turning while trying to get to sleep.

While concerned, Ms McGregor put it down to restless legs syndrome, while doctors told her it could be just growing pains.

Almost a year later on August 12, Havana started limping badly after riding her brand new purple bicycle she was given for her birthday, and Ms Macgregor thought she might have pulled a muscle from the bike.

When Havana’s hips started swaying and she continued to scrape her toes when walking, she was rushed to Sunshine Coast University Hospital where an MRI revealed she had a tumour in her pelvic floor, right near her spine.

“It was like a smack in the face… I sat there and said ‘you’re wrong, my daughter does not have this’,” Ms McGregor told 7 News Online.

Ms McGregor said the most crushing moment came when Havana had to shave her head.

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“She just broke down in tears and said she wasn’t beautiful anymore,” she told the Sunshine Coast Daily.

“We remind her every day that it is what’s on the inside that counts, and she is coming to terms with that, finding confidence.

“We will say, Havana, you are bloody beautiful inside and out, don’t you ever forget that.”

Family have started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help cover the family’s travel costs from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane.

Doctors have said the mother caught the tumour early and Havana has an eight out of ten chance at making a full recovery.

You are gorgeous, Havana!  Never doubt that x

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  • Havanna, I hope your treatment goes well. Your hair may grow back even more beautiful than it was. I know a lady who lost her straight hair during treatment.
    When it grew again it was soft curls, just what she had always wanted.


  • Get well soon Havana! You will have your hair back before you know it. Then you can turn your mum’s hair grey living your life to the fullest!


  • She is indeed beautiful inside and out – good luck with the treatment Havana – stay strong x


  • Aw bless you Havana ! You’re beautiful just as you are ! Hope and pray you’ll recover totally. Xx


  • Stay strong for your child. It can be hard at times and you wonder why my child. With luck her hair will grow back. My 3rd son was losing his hair , I would brush it away from his pillow. One of his brother’s even was pulling it out. He finally allowed us to shave it off, it grew back just as curly but with a small blonde patch. As parents we find the strength to help.


  • Stay strong, you can fight this! I’m praying for you


  • Sometimes a relatively small thing can really get to you.


  • Havana l so wish you all the best for the future you beautiful little girl.


  • Oh sweetie. Such a big change having to shave her head. She’s beautiful, she will always be beautiful!
    Success with your treatment, Havana! :-)


  • Your beautiful inside Havana. Be strong and smile.


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